‘Now is your time to suffer the pain you caused us’

2014-09-22 00:00

RELATIVES of murdered teacher Bonakele Muntu Sibiya and her son Mfanafuthi, were in tears on Friday as murderer Ndumiso Vikayiphi Khwela (28) was sentenced to two life terms in jail.

He was also sentenced to five years for theft of Sibiya’s laptop and cellphone.

“Now is your time to suffer the pain you caused to our families,” shouted Nombuso Nene after the sentencing.

Nene said the family welcomed the sentence. “This will not bring them back to us, but we are happy that he will be serving his sentence for his wrongdoings. “His family will be visiting him in jail; we won’t be able to see our loved ones again, because he took them away. We thank police for their good work in investigating this case,” said Nene.

Sibiya and Mfanafuthi were on their way to Durban when they were offered a lift by Khwela. Sibiya, a teacher at Jabulani Primary School in Bergville, was planning on visiting home in Durban for the school holidays on March 28. They never arrived in Durban — instead their bodies were later discovered by two boys who were hunting in Inchanga area. Family in Durban got worried as they were trying to phone Sibiya, without success. They then lodged a missing persons’ report with the police.

State prosecutor Frank van Heerden said Khwela betrayed the trust of the victims and viciously killed the mother and son. “Their intestines were cooked; the son was killed because he witnessed the murder of his mother,” said Van Heerden.

Khwela’s lawyer, Ishi Khan, in mitigation of sentence, said his client holds a BSc degree, is a maths and science teacher from Mdepho High school in Cato Ridge and was supporting his family and children. He said Khwela was a valuable member of the society.

Judge Anton van Zyl however found Khwela did not show remorse during the trial when giving evidence.

Van Zyl said Khwela, who has fathered three children from different women, did not just rob the Sibiya family of their loved ones, but he robbed the nation of a teacher and a nine-year-old child from a bright future ahead of him.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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